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11/18 International Online Conference [Transport Corridors on the East Coast of Africa in the context of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision]
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International Online Conference
"Transport Corridors on the East Coast of Africa in the context of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision"
There are several major transport corridors (road, rail, and pipeline) on the east coast of Africa. These corridors from ports to inland areas provide lifeline infrastructure, especially for landlocked countries in East and Southern Africa. Japan has historically supported the economic development of these countries.
The Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) initiative proposed by Japan seeks to develop the Indo-Pacific region as an international public good by ensuring a rules-based international order in an integrated and transparent manner. The initiative emphasizes cohesion to ensure peace and prosperity throughout the Indo-Pacific region and to bring stability and prosperity to the countries in the region.
Transport corridors are the terminals of sea lanes in the Indo-Pacific region. Maintaining and enhancing the functioning of these corridors is essential for the purpose of blue economy development in the region. Therefore, these corridors are of great strategic importance to Japan in multiple contexts.
However, some scholars are concerned that interest in FOIP on the part of the Japanese government and business is concentrated in Southeast Asia and South Asia, with relatively little interest in East Africa. There is also a concern that Japan's perception of which transport corridors in East Africa are important, and why, has not been updated, and that aid and development priorities are not in line with the current situation.
In this conference, researchers will exchange views on the sustainable development and growth of the East African Transport Corridor, approaches that Japan and the world should take, and ways to ensure the stable functioning of the sea lanes.
Online (Streamed on SPF's YouTube channel)
Date and time
18 November 2021: 13:00 to 15:30 (in Japan Standard Time)
(The URL to join the conference will be provided after registration.)
13:00 – 13:05 Opening Remarks
Dr. Hide Sakaguchi, President, the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan
13:10 – 13:35 Keynote Speech 1 "The Free and Open Indo-Pacific and East Africa’s transport corridors"
Dr. Brendon Cannon, Assistant Professor, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
13:35 – 14:00 Keynote Speech 2 "From the seas to the logistic corridors on East Africa"
R. Admiral (retired) Kazumine Akimoto, Senior Research Fellow, the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
14:00 – 14:10 Comment 1 "From the viewpoint of the U.S. Government"
Dr. Carl Bruch, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Washington DC, USA
14:10 – 14:20 Comment 2 "From the viewpoint of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision"
Capt. (retired) Teruaki Aizawa, Associate Professor, National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, Japan
14:20 – 14:30 Comment 3 "From the viewpoint of blue economy development"
Mr. Masanori Kobayashi, Senior Research Fellow, the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Atsushi Watanabe, Senior Research Fellow, the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
14:30 – 14:40 Break
14:40 – 15:30 Discussion and Closing
Moderator: Dr. Mikiyasu Nakayama, Managing Director, Global Infrastructure Fund Research Foundation Japan, Tokyo, Japan
The speakers and the theme may be changed due to unexpected causes.
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Contact: Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF) TEL：03-5157-5210 Please send inquiries on the event to oceanpolicy(@)spf.or.jp
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